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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:48 am 
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#2 for me, Steve, but going with #1 is the wise choice!

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Well, mama says she's not sure now and wants to see the inlays on the actual headstock so we'll do that tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Nice, like that black locust bridge plate, and I vote #1


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2 2's never loose!

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 Post subject: Steve's Baby Bird
PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:45 pm 
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Clinchriver wrote:
Nice, like that black locust bridge plate, and I vote #1


You know where that came from ;) (thanks!).

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2 2's never loose!


Unless mama votes for #1 idunno

Actually we went down to the shop last night and she modified her vote. I'll post a photo when it's done.

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 Post subject: Steve's Baby Bird
PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:07 pm 
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Got the box put together and the sides leveled so it's ready for binding. Olive and redwood are going to be a good combination.

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Looking good. Have you built a guitar with a redwood top before? I'm really looking forward to how mine will sound since it will be my first with redwood.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Thanks J, this is also my first with a redwood top. So far the feel has been much like spruce. I'm also looking forward to hearing it when it's finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Beautiful inlay

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Dang Steve, Dang!

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Looking good. I haven't been around much but I would have voted for #1 (especially since you are keeping it an don't need your logo on it). I just don't want to see that beautiful inlay obscured by the strings. . .

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Got the binding channels cut and cleaned up tonight. Maybe I can get the binding done this week. I know, who needs another photo but I'm really liking the Redwood/Olive/curly Koa with a bit of shellac on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Binding is done and box is sanded. Time to get onto the neck.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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I'm looking forward to seeing how those woods look under the finish. Should be nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Me too. First time I've used curly maple binding. I thought it would be hard to work but was pretty easy.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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That maple ties the other woods together really well.

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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Thanks Bryan. I know the look I want but we won't know for sure until the finish is on it.

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I have already posted photos of the completed headstock inlay but will include it here for completeness.

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Finished with a coat of shellac
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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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That looks great. What tools did you use to make the inlay recesses?

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Thanks Jay. I trace the outline with a 0.3mm pencil then use a 0.020" carbide bit in a pneumatic inlay tool (Blues Creek) to hog out most of the waste. After that I clean to the line with a variety of tools. 3 Xacto knives with different shapes, a small gouge and a couple of dental picks. Here's a photo that shows most of them.
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 Post subject: Re: Steve's Baby Bird
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Thanks a lot for the description and photo, Steve. If you ever tire of this luthiery thing, it looks like you could have a future in dentistry. Of some sort or other...

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Jay, I read that you are going to an inlay class, I'd love to do that. I can cut the simple stuff but have not tried anything like this bird and flower; they came from Andy Depaule. Guess I'll have to stick with Lutherie, I'm too old to want to learn another trade. BTW, some of the dental tools are sharpened and can be used to cut chips out of small spaces. I also regrind the Xacto blades to whatever shape I need.

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Nice inlay work and it looks like the guitar is going to be gorgeous.

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Cutting the shell is the quick and easy part of inlay, you've already got the tools and skill for the hard part.

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When I saw this set of fretboard inlays I thought it looked like something you might see on a pre-war guitar so I got it when I got the hummingbird. Finished the fretboard tonight
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